Hanging Locker Conversion Continued

Now that I have experience with the fitting process, I was able to fit two more shelves and attach their supporting cleats, plus glue up the fiddles for all three shelves.

The shelves looked pretty rough, but sanding, a sealer coat of varnish, and cover coats of white paint made them look clean and ready for use.  The inside of the locker will receive fresh paint as well.  There was a previously undetected, but large amount of mold stain inside the locker, which got scrubbed off with a brush and soap/bleach solution.  A new coat of paint made an inviting place to stow clothes and linens.

Fitted and painted – ready for installation

That looks a cleaner than…

… this.

The shelves are 9 – 10 inches between levels.  The top two will be for clothes stowage, and the bottom-most will hold towels and linens.  There is a fairly large area beneath the bottom shelf that will hold something else as well.  Meanwhile, I will need to arrange more effective hanging stowage for the few coats that we hang up.


Next project:  Hanging space for coats in the back of the quarter berth area.

  1. Jan Sopoci said:

    Just out of curiousity, how much time do you and your wife spend on the boat at a crack? Do you do any lengthy distance cruising, or is it mostly day sails?

    • That’s a great question, Jan. We spent 10 days on board in May, but would like to spend several weeks, or even months on board. We would love to cruise New England up through Maine for a summer. We would also like to spend a season in the Bahamas/Carribean. For this we need to “optimize” the boat for extended living aboard. That includes making sense of all the stowage, ensuring that every thing has a place (that isn’t on a settee or counter top), configuring systems so that they are convenient, electrically inexpensive, and simple enough to work reliably. Making the boat livable so that being on board for more than a few days isn’t annoying. It shouldn’t be like camping. Everyday functions like cooking, showering, eating and cleaning up, stowing gear for getting underway – all should be organized so that you don’t have to move a lot of stuff to do other stuff. That what my projects and improvements are aiming for.

      • Jan Sopoci said:

        Ok…so that’s why you’re going through the effort of converting the hanging locker to a shelved “cabinet”…that makes some sense, then. I’ll guess one can “stuff” a lot more stuff into the cubic footage than keeping it as a “hanging locker”.

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